About Bikram Yoga
Bikram Choudhury — Founder of bikram yoga
Bikram Choudhury is one of the world’s most widely recognized yoga masters. Born in Calcutta India, Bikram began studying yoga at the age of four years old. His Guru, Bishnu Ghosh founded the College of Physical Education in Calcutta. Bikram and Ghosh practiced everyday for at least 4-6 hours. As a young teen, he won the National India Yoga Championship. He was undefeated for three years. At the age of 17, a weight lifting accident crushed his knee, resulting in the prediction that he would never walk again. Not accepting his doctors diagnosis, Bikram brought himself before his Guru to “start from scratch once again.” Within six months he was walking and sharing his personal witness of the healing power of yoga.
Bikram later devised the 26 posture sequence that systematically flushes the body of toxins, and circulates fresh oxygenated blood to 100 % of the body. Choudhury brought these amazing asanas (poses) to the United States in 1970 after the admonition of Shirley MacLaine, who became one of his first celebrity fans along with President Nixon. This isn’t the only celebrity to make Bikram’s ’hot’ list! Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Jennifer Anniston, the Hilton’s, Lady Gaga, David Beckam, Serena Williams, Kobe Bryant, Beyonce and countless others are admittedly hooked on the 90 minutes of Sweaty Bliss! Bikram jokingly asks “do you want to suffer for 90 minutes or 90 years?” Rightfully suggesting that getting older doesn’t have to be a miserable death sentence.
Bikram’s wife Rajashree is just as passionate for Hatha Yoga. She was also the undefeated five time winner of the India Yoga Championship Competition. Rajashree specializes in yoga therapy for chronic diseases and disorders. Together their genuine love for people around the world is evident by the passion they possess through teaching yoga.
Bikram says he and Rajashree will continue to give seminars in every state, so that he can achieve his most cherished goal..”Saving America through his yoga!”